Charlie Watts became one of the icons of The Rolling Stones — which helped him build his impressive net worth. During an interview, Keith Richards revealed what it was like touring with Watts. He also discussed whether Watts had a secret to drumming energetically in his 70s.
Which rock star was The Rolling Stones’ drummer before Charlie Watts?
According to Rolling Stone, Watts was born in 1941 in London, England. He was a fan of jazz legends like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. He became a drummer at 14. Two months after their first gig, The Rolling Stones’ original drummer, Mick Avory, left the band. Avory would become a member of The Kinks.
Watts joined The Rolling Stones in 1963. Subsequently, The Rolling Stones released their debut single: a rendition of Chuck Berry’s “Come On.” Since then, Watts played on numerous classic Rolling Stones songs such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Get Off of My Cloud,” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
When did Charlie Watts die and what was his net worth at the time?
Watts’ publicist released a statement on August 24, 2021. “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts,” the statement read. “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier [Tuesday] surrounded by his family.” He was 80. The statement didn’t specify the cause of his death. Celebrity Net Worth reports he amassed a fortune of $250 million at the time of his death.
What The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards thought of Charlie Watts’ ability to drum energetically in his 70s
During a 2018 interview with Patrick Doyle of Rolling Stone, Richards gave fans insight into his feelings about Watts. “Drumming is so physical and Charlie Watts is 77,” Doyle asked. “How does he do it?”
Richards had some glowing things to say about Watts. “He’s a very secretive man,” he said. “I think it’s just him. I don’t think he does anything particularly. That is just Charlie. That’s what’s so amazing about the man. It’s my privilege to play with Charlie Watts.”
Did Keith Richards hang out with him on tour?
Subsequently, Doyle asked Richards about his personal relationship with Watts. “Do you stay up with Charlie and talk at the hotel sometimes?” Richards revealed that he did not.
“Charlie usually keeps very much to himself on the road,” Richards revealed. “And usually by the time you get back from a show, you’re kind of knackered. But if we go to the bar or something, he’ll pop in. And we’ll throw dinners occasionally. But yeah otherwise you’re usually very much in working mode on the road.”
Regardless of whether Richards and Watts were particularly close or not, Richards respected him as a musician. In addition, Watts left behind a tremendous musical legacy with The Rolling Stones — as well as a massive net worth.